Celtic have a healthy record at Tynecastle. We lost Ange Postecoglou’s first league game there, in July 2021. Three years before that we lost there in the second game of the season and famously, our record 69 game unbeaten run in domestic football ended there in 2017. Those games aside, we have won 16 of 17 visits there, a run that goes way back to when Neil Lennon was under pressure from the new Craig Whyte regime across the city.
Still, our games there are usually tight. In our last six visits we have only won by more than a single goal once (0-2). Our visit there earlier this season could be described as heroically tight. The Scottish Cup draw, which sees us away to Hearts next month, could scarcely be tougher.
In our favour, we have them at Celtic Park a few days before the cup tie. It will be an opportunity to use our football investments to best effect, put them through a strenuous test, making the most of our depth of squad. They may be able to compete well at Celtic Park, but doing so will take a toll.
In other times we would focus on the league but our glut of trebles still overhangs the consciousness of Scottish football. Few trophies escape Celtic, making every trophy more valuable, including to Celtic.
It is unlike football to quickly get to the point and accept responsibility, but Uefa did just that in their report into the serious safety failings at the Champions League final last year between Liverpool and Real Madrid.
The leaked report laid primary responsibility for the danger on Uefa itself, while the Paris police and French government were also condemned. If risk to life can still happen when the world’s media are there, broadcasting every second, it can happen anywhere.
Scottish football mostly feels safe, unless you are part of a kettled few hundred, boxed in by horses, or with bottles raining down on you. Complacency shown on these matters when we visit Ibrox is a disgrace.